ANLCA inaugurates Kano Chapter amid encomiums
Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA has inaugurated the newly elected executives of its Kano State Chapter, a development visibly excited members believed would bring a new lease of life not only for the association but also for individual members.
The inauguration is sequel to successful completion of the chapter’s election, described as most peaceful in the over 20-year history of the chapter in the state in which seven officers comprising the chairman, Abdulrasheed Nasir, Vice chairman Alloy Ogbuti and Taufiq Mustafa as Secretary.
Others include Fabian Odia, who was elected the Public Relations Officer, Sunday Funsho, the Financial Secretary, Nasiru Muhammad as Treasurer and Abdulrahman as the Assistant Secretary.
National President of the association, Hon Iju Tony Nwabunike, who conducted the official inauguration of the newly elected officers, noted that the orderly and peaceful conduct of the elections and inauguration of the exco marked the beginning of new and great things that would happen in the association.
He also disclosed that the conduct of the election and inauguration of a new government at the chapter level, which conformed to the provisions of the association’s constitution was a demonstration of his administration’s resolve to carry out all its activities in line with laid down rules and not at the whims and caprices of an individual or group of persons.
While commending the Association’s Electoral Commission ASECO for a job well done, he charged the newly elected executives to be up and doing in their constitutional responsibilities and above all, carry everyone along in the day -day running of the business of the association at the chapter, urging them to make honesty and transparency their watchword.
He also praised all the members of the chapter for adhering to the protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic even in the build-up to the elections, insisting that they needed to always comply with the health and safety protocols under the pandemic, as they need to be alive and healthy to be in business.
“I urge you to keep your compliance level very high and shun all acts that would place you on the wrong side of the law. Keep yourselves abreast import and export prohibition lists, avoid smuggling, make sincere and honest declarations and shun any act of concealment capable of promoting illegalities that could lead suspension of your licenses.
“On assumption of duty as National President of our great association, I met files containing over 346 licenses that were either blocked or suspended from operation by the Nigeria Customs Service. This meant a lot to me because from my findings, each license has the capacity to provide 10 jobs and their non-operational status has kept about 3, 000 persons out of employment.
“With dialogue and robust interactions, we got these licenses unblocked and reactivated. Today, they are all back to business. It is also import that I add that non ANLCA members also benefited from the move because our associate on is truly the mother of others in our line of business”, the president said.
It was further gathered that the current National Executive Committee NECOM of the association has in the past two years changed the analogue working mode to digital, having installed workstations which connect all the national officers even in the face of meagre resources inherited from the former government. He therefore pledged to take the association to greater heights to emerge as one of the foremost brokerage associations not only in Africa but also across the globe irrespective of distractions being brought into the system by some persons.
He therefore charged members of the chapter to invest massively in Information Communication Technology ICT, which is the major factor that drives business under the new normal business environment occasioned by the coronavirus, which gave rise to lockdowns across economies of the world.